In October, it was curtains for the only Liberty Burger in Tarrant County, when the Dallas-based burger chain shut down four locations abruptly.
Liberty closed the restaurants after severing ties with one of its franchisees, for not complying with the franchise contract.
That included the Liberty Burger in far north Fort Worth, which had been at I-35 and North Tarrant Parkway for nearly two years.
But in good news for For Worth diners, especially those who like Mexican food, a new restaurant will rise. Called Tacos Chilangos, it's a new concept from some of the folks who worked at the restaurant while it was Liberty, including general manager Alvaro Fernandez.
Liberty Burgers is completely out of the picture. "We have no ties to their leases and no further affiliation in any way," a spokesperson said in an email.
The four locations that were closed were owned by franchise groups NTRD, LLC and Four Leaf Ventures LLC, led by Luis Ibarguengoytia. He was previously an officer with Sun Holdings, another franchise group.
Chilango is a slang term for residents of Mexico City, and this would not be the first restaurant to incorporate the words "tacos" and "chilangos" in its name. There's even one in Copenhagen.
But this is an original venture. The menu will be Mexican food with a touch of Tex-Mex, but primarily Mexican, says a representative from the restaurant, who also confirms that it will open in early January.
"It'll be typical Mexican dishes but more like carnitas with red sauce and green sauce," the representative says. "We're still working on the menu but we'll have burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and loaded nachos."
Some dishes, they cannot overlook. "We're gonna have fajitas, of course — but it's not going to be Tex-Mex," says the rep.
There'll be a full bar with margaritas – "not fancy but nothing frozen and everything from scratch."